Symposium Countdown Day 02!
We are counting down the days until the symposium by promoting the abstracts of the presentations that will be given during the event on Friday February 13th, 2015!
Karen Anderson, Foundation Professor of Archives and Information Science at Mid Sweden University and part-time Professor at Oslo University College, will be presenting from 9:30 am to 10:30 am:
Symposium Title: “Educating for the Future Records and Archives Profession”
Symposium Abstract: Graduates entering the records and archives profession will, by the end of their careers, have very different challenges and technological capabilities than those they see today. The one thing that can be guaranteed is change. In my view, educating for the future needs of the archival profession requires equipping students with the knowledge and skills to be problem solvers in order to meet the challenges they will face. They need a sound grounding in archival theory, so that they can select and use an appropriate theoretical framework for analyzing the problems they will meet and be principled in the practices they must develop. They need to be internationally oriented and outward looking, open to developing strategic professional partnerships, work globally to develop and constantly refine best practice standards and to collaborate in research. They must think beyond the borders of tradition, organization and country, while working within their legal and political environment. The discipline of archival science and the profession will always need a strong cohort of educated researchers for two reasons: both to advance professional knowledge and to provide strong archival education programs in universities, in which successful research programs are the key to survival in a highly competitive environment. This presentation will discuss some of the challenges archival education faces in Sweden. These include a severe lack of professional competence among archivists in the digital environment while there is growing ambition and commitment to develop e-archives that will serve open government and open data.